One day this voice just would not stop. It was in my head and directing me to read that book. What the heck? Never had that happen before. So on a recent flight to visit my mom, I decided to pass the time reading There's A Window To Heaven by Dr. Garrett L. Turke. As a journalist, my plan was to read it with a critical eye. I never expected to have such an emotional response, and I found myself a crying mess on the flight. Holy crap...That has NEVER happened before. Good grief. How on earth did this little book resonate so much with me? I have to admit I prayed that my plane would not crash so that I could see how it ended. I HAD to know.
The story resonated with me but took a while to process. I read the book several times and each time it triggered something new. I remembered that my mom had a similar experience months before when she was pretty much given last rites after contracting sepsis. She used every one of her nine lives to pull out of that one. Six months later after reading this book I now know how to recognize when my mom has one of these experiences. On my last trip, she was unable to speak to me. One day I arrived to find her speaking coherently about a "trip" she went on with various people. I dug deeper to find out as much as I could. She was happy to describe it, almost giddy. She wanted to tell me so much. I documented what she experienced by taking almost 1500 photos. My mom spoke for only 20 minutes and never said another word to me for the remainder of my visit.
There's A Window To Heaven opened my eyes to the possibility that our spirit lives on with purpose. I now communicate with my terminally ill mother in a more meaningful way. The book also offered comfort to our family by reassuring us she will pass in peace. This is not a self help or how-to book. It's simply the carefully documented events as witnessed by Dr. Turke. I appreciate that the message is non-dogmatic and I believe it will resonate with anyone regardless of belief.
I am currently reading his first book 497 Nails, which is the complete story (in which, the 17 days took place) of Dr. Turke's personal journey of caring for his father as the disease begins to advance. So far I am only halfway through, but I have shed a tear or two and laughed as he masterfully weaves the touching story of caring for his father as only an OCD psychologist son should.
Why am I sharing this with you? My mission for CFTWF is to shine a light on those who help others in a meaningful and tangible way. Dr. Turke left a successful practice and put his reputation on the line in order to help heal others through his father's story. If that is not a leap of faith, I do not know what is.
I hope you will spend the $10 to buy There's A Window To Heaven. (Amazon) If you like it, pass it on or purchase a few more copies to give as gifts to those who need it. Recently, I learned that Dr. Turke is donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of all of his books to Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project which, we profiled in CORNERSTONE How cool is that?